It is now approximately 10 months ago that I announced to relaunch my blog and restart writing about security. What I didn’t know at that time is that this year became my personal nightmare.
I lost my grandma and my brother in law. My grandma died at the age of 96 and my brother in law at the age of 46. This is something you can’t prepare yourself! This knocks you out!
Driven by my brother in law’s sudden death I decided to change the way I live. Pay more attention for my family, get rid of the weight I gained in more than 11 years of KPMG. I started running again and lost already 14 kilos of my weight. Another 14 are to go now!
Another thing I will change is the place where I live. Something what came pretty quick was changing my working life. I am now not any more part of the KPMG partnership, and will start something new in the area of information protection during this year I am preparing myself for and I may tell you that it will be great!
These changes have been massive but it is a really good starting point for my “new” life. I got rid of all the add on roles that consumed a lot of power and time and I can now focus on people that matter to me and my profession again.
One of those things that helped me after these massive changes was that a big part of my physical and virtual social network supported my very intensively. That was great and gives my a lot of power and inspiration to go for my future projects:
Building my new house started last year and will hopefully finalized in 2014. I will think about certain aspects in security and take some time to write about them. Maybe I will start to write a book of my own (I already have something in my mind). I will continue working on the 4th edition of the cloud computing book together with Tobias and some others I now know for many years. Doing my first half marathon this year and hopefully my first marathon next year. Last but not least I will really relaunch my social media activities on facebook scoop.it and twitter.
One event that made me so positive is a speech that I heard given by Jim Lawless – Tame your Tiger (http://www.tamingtigers.com/ on FB: https://www.facebook.com/tamingtigers) . I heard it 3 or 4 years ago and it was a very important impulse in my private and business life. At that time I was not successful in changing my life. My tiger was too big! Jim gave us postcards and asked us to write down which is the tiger each of us wants to tame. My tiger was changing my working life! Now others “helped” me to tame this tiger and helped to make things come true I was not prepared for.
I hope that you now have a better understanding of the situation I was in for the last 10 months. But now it is time to look forward again going for a fantastic year 2014 with a lot new experiences, new people and environment.
Good luck with whatever you are going for! Many thanks for being my boss but also for being such a very good friend for so many years. I learned a lot from you. Thank you!!
I am already missing you very much 🙁